Islamic Essentials Course

Resources and materials to set up and run your own two year (sanatayn) course for women, men and teens


The Islamic Essentials Course has been exclusively designed for women, men, university students, professionals and teens. Basically all adults. It can be run for as little as one day a week or for more days, depending on the demand and need. The curriculum has proven to be extremely effective for numerous students over the past decade. The purpose of the course is to provide attendees a holistic understanding of Islam and to aid them in embedding the Islamic principles into their life. It can be covered entirely in two years, starting from the basics up to an intermediary level. It is unique in the sense that it provides a safe environment for students to openly discuss any questions or doubts that they may have and develop an Islamic outlook for life.

We provide here a detailed overview of the course, the syllabus, costs, job description for potential teachers, and many other resources on how to set it up and run it successfully

If you are a male or female scholar, member of a masjid committee, or just a concerned individual, this is an excellent opportunity for you to set up such a course in your area and provide an invaluable service to your community.

This resource page is a work in progress. We are here to assist with any query you have about the course once you have listened to the seminar. We also encourage people who have successfully setup the course to share with us any advice and resources they have found useful, so others can also benefit.

Aims of the Programme

  • To teach students the fundamental subjects of the Islamic tradition
  • To equip students with relevant intellectual and practical skills to apply their knowledge and understanding in contemporary society.

Teaching Method

  • Reading of classical texts
  • Open discussions and correction of any problematic ideas
  • Reading of commentary
  • Teaching not being one directional. Students to feel comfortable and open up about their concerns
  • Self-contained class (not too much homework)
  • Classes to be focused more on practical implementation rather than just academics.
  • Assessment can be designed in the form of multiple choice questions or even oral tests.

Course Curriculum

Year 1 Subjects

Year 2 Subjects